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Children of Usher: Growing Up in Los Alamos Paperback – May 14, 2004
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There are about 10 anecdotes of adventures of restless high-school age kids, which are priceless. Some show ingenuity, some foolishness, some teach the parents, teacher and police lessons, but none are less than highly entertaining. The author swears they are all true.
A few minor complaints - the strategy of telling each story in the first person, even though many different people were actually involved, is confusing and lessens the believability of the narrative. Also, attempts to teach a lesson with the adventures, as he waxes poetic in the beginning and end, don't have much point. I have trouble connecting the moral dilemmas from building bombs with the deeds and misdeeds. Finally, the theme in the beginning that LA children despair of matching their parents' jobs ring hollow - there are many levels of jobs in town, and anyway next the book extols the extremely clever kids fooling numerous adults.
I recommend this books to anyone who grew up in LA, and also to people interested in the behavior of restless teenagers, more or less rebel young technologists without a cause.
For anyone who has a deep appreciation for the absurd and is interested in getting a sense of growing up in Los Alamos (or as we sometimes referred to it 'Dodge', as in get out of ...) in the late sixties I highly recommend this book.
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